THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A five-year-old demand for setting up a police station in Attukal may finally become a reality. The proposal in this regard has already reached the Finance Department and is expected to be finalised soon.
It was about five years ago that the proposal for a new police station at Attukal was forwarded to the Home Department by the City Police. As per the proposal, the number of residents under the Fort police station has increased and therefore a separate police station for the Attukal region should be set up in order to divide the jurisdiction.
“The proposal to start a new police station at Attukal area has been granted approval by the Home Department. Since it is the case of a new station, the posting of around 80 police officials is under consideration. So, the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Department. As of now, it is expected that the demands in the proposal will be granted within one month,” said City DCP S Ajeetha Begum.
The area falling on the eastern side of the Fort station will be shifted to the jurisdiction of Attukal police station, after it starts functioning. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple area, Manacaud, Kuriyathi and surroundings will come under this proposed station. This area will also share borders with Thiruvallom and Karamana police stations.
“The site for the new station will be near Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. Around 20 cents land has been identified for the station. Construction by the Kerala Police Housing and Construction Corporation (KPHCC) will begin once the Finance Department grants clearance,” said the DCP. A police out post at Attukal has been operational since July 15. Inaugurating the outpost, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala had announced that a full-fledged new police station would start functioning soon.